Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Soil degradation and recovery – changes in organic matter fractions and structural stability

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jensen, J. L., Schjonning, P., Watts, C. W., Christensen, B. T, Obour, P. B. and Munkholm, L. J. 2020. Soil degradation and recovery – changes in organic matter fractions and structural stability . Geoderma. 364, p. 114181.

Investigating the effects of inter-annual weather variation (1968-2016) on the functional response of cereal grain yield to applied nitrogen, using data from the Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Addy, J., Ellis, R. H., Macdonald, A. J., Semenov, M. A. and Mead, A. 2020. Investigating the effects of inter-annual weather variation (1968-2016) on the functional response of cereal grain yield to applied nitrogen, using data from the Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 284, p. 107898.

Soil organic carbon, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and soil structural stability as affected by previous and current land-use

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Redmile-Gordon, M. A., Watts, C. W., Gregory, A. S. and White, R. P. 2020. Soil organic carbon, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and soil structural stability as affected by previous and current land-use. Geoderma. 363, p. 114143.

Paleoclimatic fingerprints of ferromanganese nodules in subtropical Chinese soils identified by synchrotron radiation-based microprobes

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Yu, X., Wang, Y., Zhou, G., Peng, G., Brookes, P. C. and Lu, S. 2020. Paleoclimatic fingerprints of ferromanganese nodules in subtropical Chinese soils identified by synchrotron radiation-based microprobes. Chemical Geology. 531, p. 119357.

The UK Environmental Change Network datasets - integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993-2015)

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rennie, S., Andrews, C., Atkinson, S., Beaumont, D. A., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Dick, J., Dodd, B., McKenna, C., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Schafer, S., Scott, T., Sherrin, L., Taylor, C. and Watson, H. The UK Environmental Change Network datasets - integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993-2015). Earth System Science Data.

Frost damage to maize in northeast India: assessment and estimated loss of yield by hyperspectral proximal remote sensing

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Choudhury, B. U., Webster, R., Sharma, V., Goswami, J., Meetei, T. T., Krishnappa, R. and Raju, P. L. N. 2019. Frost damage to maize in northeast India: assessment and estimated loss of yield by hyperspectral proximal remote sensing. Journal of applied sensing. 13 (4), p. 044527.

Active gel segment behaving as an active particle

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Recho, P., Putelat, T. and Truskinovsky, L. 2019. Active gel segment behaving as an active particle. Physical Review E. 100, p. 062403.

The pH optimum of soil exoenzymes adapt to long term changes in soil pH

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Puissant, J., Briony, J., Goodall, T., Mang, D., Blaud, A., Gweon, H. S., Malik, A., Jones, D. L., Clark, I. M., Hirsch, P. R. and Griffiths, R. 2019. The pH optimum of soil exoenzymes adapt to long term changes in soil pH. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 138, p. 107601.

Effects of urease and nitrification inhibitors on soil N, nitrifier abundance and activity in a sandy loam soil

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Fu, Q., Abadie, M., Blaud, A., Carswell, A. M., Misselbrook, T. H., Clark, I. M. and Hirsch, P. R. 2019. Effects of urease and nitrification inhibitors on soil N, nitrifier abundance and activity in a sandy loam soil . Biology And Fertility Of Soils. pp. 1-10.

Soil strength influences wheat root interactions with soil macropores

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Atkinson, J. A., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R., Zhou, H. and Money, S. J. 2019. Soil strength influences wheat root interactions with soil macropores. Plant, Cell and Environment. pp. 1-11.

Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
McGrane, S., Acuto, M., Artioli, F., Chen, P., Comber, R., Cottee, J., Farr-Wharton, G., Green, N., Helfgott, A., Larcom, S., McCann, J., O'Reilly, P., Salmoral, G., Scott, M., Todman, L. C., Van Gevelt, T. and Yan, X. 2019. Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL. 185 (4), pp. 419-431.

Development of a reproducible method of analysis of iron, zinc and phosphorus in vegetables digests by SEC-ICP-MS

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Dellaquila, C., Neal, A. L. and Shewry, P. R. 2019. Development of a reproducible method of analysis of iron, zinc and phosphorus in vegetables digests by SEC-ICP-MS . Food Chemistry. 308 (2020), p. 125652.

Land management and microbial seed load effect on rhizosphere and endosphere bacterial community assembly in wheat

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavamura, V. N., Robinson, R. J., Hayat, R., Clark, I. M., Hughes, D. J., Rossmann, M., Hirsch, P. R., Mendes, R. and Mauchline, T. H. 2019. Land management and microbial seed load effect on rhizosphere and endosphere bacterial community assembly in wheat. Frontiers in Microbiology. 10 (2625).

Learning to love the world's most hated crop

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jackson, T. A., Crawford, J. W., Traeholt, C. and Sanders, T. A. B. 2019. Learning to love the world's most hated crop. Journal of Oil Palm Research. 31 (September), pp. 331-347.

High nitrogen rates do not increase canola yield and may affect soil bacterial functioning

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Becker, F., MacLaren, C., Brink, C., Jabobs,K., le Roux, M. R. and Swanepoel, P. A. 2019. High nitrogen rates do not increase canola yield and may affect soil bacterial functioning. Agronomy Journal.

Estimation of the iron bioavailability in green vegetables using an in vitro digestion/Caco-2 cell model

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rodriguez-Ramiro, I., Dellaquila, C., Ward, J. L., Neal, A. L., Bruggaber, S. F. A, Shewry, P. R. and Fairweather-Tail, S. 2019. Estimation of the iron bioavailability in green vegetables using an in vitro digestion/Caco-2 cell model. Food Chemistry. 301 (15 December), p. 125292.

Hydrogeophysics for agriculture - Capabilities and Limitations

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Blanchy, G., Watts, C. W. and Binley, A. 2019. Hydrogeophysics for agriculture - Capabilities and Limitations. Landwards. 74 (3), pp. 19(i-iii).

DREB/CBF expression in wheat and barley using the stress-inducible promoters of HD-Zip I genes: impact on plant development, stress tolerance and yield

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Yang, Y., Al-Baidhani, H. H. J., Harris, J., Riboni, M., Li, Y., Mazonka, I., Bazanova, N., Chirkova, L., Hussain, S. S., Hrmova, M., Haefele, S. M., Lopato, S. and Kovalchuk, N. 2019. DREB/CBF expression in wheat and barley using the stress-inducible promoters of HD-Zip I genes: impact on plant development, stress tolerance and yield. Plant Biotechnology Journal.

[Book review] Managing soil health for sustainable agriculture Edited by D Reicosky. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agriculture Science, Cambridge, UK, 2018. Volume 1: Fundamentals, £200, hardback, ISBN 9781786761880; Volume 2: Monitoring and Management, £160, hardback, ISBN 9781786761927

G - Articles in popular magazines and other technical publications
Haefele, S. M. 2019. [Book review] Managing soil health for sustainable agriculture Edited by D Reicosky. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agriculture Science, Cambridge, UK, 2018. Volume 1: Fundamentals, £200, hardback, ISBN 9781786761880; Volume 2: Monitoring and Management, £160, hardback, ISBN 9781786761927. European Journal of Soil Science.

Synergy of reduced gypsum and pressmud – a cost effective approach for sustainable reclamation of degraded sodic lands

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Singh, Y. P., Mishra, V. K., Bharadwaj, A. K., Arora, S., Singh, A. K., Singh, S., Singh, U. S., Ismail, A. M. and Haefele, S. M. 2019. Synergy of reduced gypsum and pressmud – a cost effective approach for sustainable reclamation of degraded sodic lands. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 89 (6).

Genome-wide association mapping of grain yield in a diverse collection of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) evaluated in southern Australia

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Garcia, M., Eckermann, P., Haefele, S. M., Satija, S., Sznaidjer, B., Timmins, A., Baumann, U., Wolters, P., Mather, D .E. and Fleury, D. 2019. Genome-wide association mapping of grain yield in a diverse collection of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) evaluated in southern Australia. PLOS ONE. 14 (2), p. e0211730.

Evidence for diversifying selection of genetic regions of encoding putative collagen-like host-adhesive fibers in Pasteuria penetrans

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Srivastava, A., Mohan, S., Mauchline, T. H. and Davies, K. G. 2019. Evidence for diversifying selection of genetic regions of encoding putative collagen-like host-adhesive fibers in Pasteuria penetrans . FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 95 (1), p. fiy217.

Nitrification represents the bottle-neck of sheep urine patch N2O emissions from extensively grazed organic soils

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Marsden, K. A., Holmberg, J. A., Jones, D. L., Charteris, A. F., Cardenas, L. M. and Chadwick, D. R. 2019. Nitrification represents the bottle-neck of sheep urine patch N2O emissions from extensively grazed organic soils. Science of the Total Environment. 695, p. 133786.

Analysis of variance in soil research: Examining the assumptions

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Webster, R. and Lark, R. M. 2019. Analysis of variance in soil research: Examining the assumptions. European Journal of Soil Science. 70 (5), pp. 990-1000.

Species matter when considering landscape effects on carabid distributions

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jowett, K., Milne, A. E., Metcalfe, H., Hassall, K. L., Potts, S. G., Senapathi, D. and Storkey, J. 2019. Species matter when considering landscape effects on carabid distributions. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 285 (2019), p. 106631.

Editorial for soil organic matter 2019 special issue

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Gregory, A. S. and Blagodatskaya, E. 2019. Editorial for soil organic matter 2019 special issue. European Journal of Soil Science. 70 (4), pp. 713-714.

Nitrogen Surplus Benchmarks for Controlling N Pollution in the Main Cropping Systems of China

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, C., Ju, X., Powlson, D. S., Oenema, O. and Smith, P. 2019. Nitrogen Surplus Benchmarks for Controlling N Pollution in the Main Cropping Systems of China. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (12), pp. 6678 - 6687.

Increasing the agricultural, environmental and economic benefits of farming based on suitable crop rotations and optimum fertilizer applications

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, S., Yang, L., Su, M., Ma, X., Sun, Y., Yang, M., Zhao, P., Shen, J., Zhang, F., Goulding, K. W. T., Shi, X. and Liu, X. 2019. Increasing the agricultural, environmental and economic benefits of farming based on suitable crop rotations and optimum fertilizer applications. Field Crops Research. 240, pp. 78-85.

Microorganisms Cycling Soil Nutrients

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Hirsch, P. R. 2019. Microorganisms Cycling Soil Nutrients. in: Modern Soil Microbiology Florida CRC Press. pp. 179-192

Carbon sequestration potential through conservation agriculture in Africa has been largely overestimated Comment on : "Meta-analysis on carbon sequestration through conservation agriculture in Africa"

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Corbeels, M., Cardinael, R., Powlson, D. S., Chikowo, R. and Gerard, B. 2019. Carbon sequestration potential through conservation agriculture in Africa has been largely overestimated Comment on : "Meta-analysis on carbon sequestration through conservation agriculture in Africa". Soil & Tillage Research.

Multi-objective optimization as a tool to identify possibilities for future agricultural landscapes

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Todman, L. C., Coleman, K., Milne, A. E., Gil, J. D. B., Reidsma, P., Schwoob, M-H., Treyer, S. and Whitmore, A. P. 2019. Multi-objective optimization as a tool to identify possibilities for future agricultural landscapes. Science of the Total Environment. 687 (15 October), pp. 535-545.

Impact of 13-years of nitrogen addition on nitrous oxide and methane fluxes and ecosystem respiration in a temperate grassland

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Chen, S., Hao, T., Goulding, K. W. T., Misselbrook, T. H. and Liu, X. 2019. Impact of 13-years of nitrogen addition on nitrous oxide and methane fluxes and ecosystem respiration in a temperate grassland. Environmental Pollution. 252, pp. 675-681.

Seed-drill opener type and crop residue load affect canola establishment, but only residue load affects yield

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Swanepoel, P. A., Le Roux, P. J. G., Agenbag, G. A., Strauss, J. A. and MacLaren, C. 2019. Seed-drill opener type and crop residue load affect canola establishment, but only residue load affects yield. Agronomy Journal. 111 (4), pp. 1-8.

Soil Characteristics Overwhelm Cultivar Effects on the Structure and Assembly of Root-Associated Microbiomes of Modern Maize

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Chen, L., Zhang, J., Redmile-Gordon, M. A., Nie, G. and Wang, Q. 2019. Soil Characteristics Overwhelm Cultivar Effects on the Structure and Assembly of Root-Associated Microbiomes of Modern Maize. Pedosphere. 29 (3), pp. 360-373.

Exploring future food provision scenarios for China

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ma, L., Bai, Z., Ma, M., Guo, M., Jiang, R., Liu, J., Oenema, O., Velthof, G. L., Whitmore, A. P., Crawford, J. W., Dobermann, A., Schwoob, M. and Zhang, F. 2019. Exploring future food provision scenarios for China. Environmental Science & Technology. 53 (3), pp. 1385-1393.

Assessing availability and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock supply - case study for a catchment in England

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ni, Y., Richter, G. M. and Qi, A. 2019. Assessing availability and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock supply - case study for a catchment in England. Biofuels. 13 (3), pp. 568-581.

Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R., Hastings, A. and Cardenas, L. M. 2019. Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century. Science of the Total Environment.

Stabilization of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in China over the past decade

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Yu, G., Jia, Y., He, N., Zhu, J., Chen, Z., Wang, Q., Piao, S., Liu, X., He, H., Guo, X., Wen, Z., Li, P., Ding, G. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2019. Stabilization of atmospheric nitrogen deposition in China over the past decade. Nature Geoscience.

Multiple abiotic stress, nitrate availability and the growth of wheat

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ge, Y., Hawkesford, M. J., Rosolem, C. A., Mooney, S. J., Ashton, R. W., Evans, J. and Whalley, W. R. 2019. Multiple abiotic stress, nitrate availability and the growth of wheat . Soil & Tillage Research. 191 (August), pp. 171-184.

Management practices influence the competitivepotential of weed communities and their value tobiodiversity in South African vineyards

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
MacLaren, C., Bennett, J. and Dehnen-Schmutz, K. 2019. Management practices influence the competitivepotential of weed communities and their value tobiodiversity in South African vineyards. Weed Research. 59 (2), pp. 93-106.